In 2009, Mike Rawbone and his wife Kay set out to establish the first Sailablity program in Hong Kong, along similar lines to those organised by the RYA in the UK.
Following a meeting with Chris Mitchell (an Australian boat designer from Access Dinghies - now Hansa), Kay & Mike sold their keel boat and purchased the first 2 Access 2.3 dinghies, these being subsequently delivered in early 2010. With tremendous help from a small group, including the then Commodore at HHYC (Mark Houghton) and the Sail Training Manager (Rob Allen), our program was born.
Mike had sailed since age 8 teaching Kay to sail once they were married. Professionally, Mike was a Human Resources Professional in HK and his wife Kay, worked at The Nesbitt Centre - a NGO specialising in the support of English speaking adults with Special Educational Needs and Autism.
Kay & Mike having made their home in Hong Kong, became members of HHYC. They have 3 children, Rachel, Joanne & David. They have 7 grandchildren - 4 girls and 3 boys.
Sadly Mike passed away suddenly in 2020. We are pleased to say that his wonderful legacy continues with the support of our Sailability Family.
Our first 2 Access 2.3's - HKG 1944 and HKG 1945
Kay & Mike Rawbone
Some of our first sailors - November 2009